Poverty and Delinquency

Poverty and Delinquency

When it comes to poverty in relation to delinquency, it appears that there is higher delinquency among the neighborhoods that are in poverty level. Those in poor neighborhoods do not feel that they have the same status of legitimate opportunities available to them. Reading James 4:1-2 are interesting passages, “What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do have, because you do not ask.” (James 4:1-2, ESV). Even within each social class, there will always be delinquent issues, but it does appear to be higher cases in areas that show higher areas of poverty.

The church can only do so much to help unless they have help from their congregation. It does show that those that go to church, have a less likely chance of committing delinquent acts. Drawing people in and having the resources to help can be a challenge at times. Parents are the ones that need to be bringing their children to church on regular basis. Churches need to find ways to fund programs to help the communities around them. It can be hard to do so in poverty-stricken neighborhoods. But being able to talk with parishioners that are part of the criminal justice departments can help to promote more action where needed.

Bartollas, C., & Schmalleger, F. (2018). Juvenile delinquency. New York, NY: Pearson.

English Standard Version (ESV)

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

“Read ‘Juvenile Crime, Juvenile Justice’ at NAP.edu.” National Academies Press: OpenBookwww.nap.edu/read/9747/chapter/5#96.

Current State Laws Against Human Embryo Researchwww.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/criminal-justice-restorative-justice/crime-and-criminal-justice.cfm.

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Poverty and Delinquency


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